As the holiday season quickly approaches and the spirit of giving begins, Southwire’s Project GIFT® will host its 13th annual toy drive on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 in the Walmart parking lot in Carrollton, Ga.
Project GIFT volunteers will accept new, unwrapped toys for children, ranging from zero to 12 years of age, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. during the two-day collection event. The company has set a goal of 5,000 toy donations for 2017.
“Our community has been a blessing throughout the year, and we are excited to wrap up 2017 by giving to the boys and girls right here at home,” said Kristian Whittington, Southwire’s manager of employee engagement and communication and Project GIFT coordinator. “As we enter the holidays, and as the spirit of the season inspires our community, I am excited to see how our friends, neighbors and community partners respond to help these local children at this year’s toy drive.”
All items collected will be delivered to the Carroll County chapter of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program (Toys for Tots) for distribution in the area. Per its website, the primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.
“My dream is to reach every child in need in the County. It is amazing how the community comes together – individuals, churches, and businesses,” said Lori Graham, LCO coordinator for Carroll County Toys for Tots. “Businesses like Southwire are the main source of toy donations for Carroll County. With boxes throughout its Carrollton campus and the two-day Project GIFT event, Southwire’s collection provides the majority of toys distributed in Carroll County.”
A collaborative effort between many local businesses, sponsors for the Southwire-hosted event for 2017 include West Georgia Technical College, Georgia Power, Associated Credit Union, Times-Georgian, Gradick Communications, Megabytes Digital and more.
“We are so thankful for our sponsors, who help us make a difference every year,” said Whittington. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to make the impact we do. I hope that with their support and the commitment our community maintains toward helping others, we can reach our goal of donating 5,000 toys to Carroll County Toys for Tots.
Updates and additional information regarding Southwire’s toy drive will be posted via the company’s social media sites. For questions about the event, please call (770) 832-4729.
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